Far Cry 3: Blood Dragon sales hit 500,000

Ubisoft CEO says he is "very happy" with sales for Far Cry 3 spin-off and Call of Juarez: Gunslinger.

Far Cry 3: Blood Dragon, a $15 downloadable Far Cry 3 spin-off, sold 500,000 copies in under two months, Ubisoft CEO Yves Guillemot told GamesIndustry International in a new interview.

He added that Far Cry 3: Blood Dragon helped spur sales of the full Far Cry 3 game, most notably so on PC.

Guillemot also addressed Call of Juarez: Gunslinger, another downloadable game based on a major retail franchise from Ubisoft. He did not give a specific sales figure for the game, but said he was "very happy" with its performance.

Both games were released in May. The performance of both Far Cry 3: Blood Dragon and Call of Juarez: Gunslinger gives Ubisoft the chance to explore furthering its investment in downloadable brand extensions in the future, Guillemot said.

For more, check out GameSpot's reviews of Far Cry 3: Blood Dragon and Call of Juarez: Gunslinger.

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Eddie Makuch is a news editor at GameSpot, and would like to see the Whalers return to Hartford.

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Alucard_Prime
Alucard_Prime

This game is pure marketing genius. Of course it wouldn't have worked had it not been for its superb quality. 

zpluffy
zpluffy

Duke Nukem would have been perfect if they executed their presentation like this

jubdeidamasta
jubdeidamasta

That game was awesome. Well worth it. Hopefully they'll keep it going since it is doing well.

DeViLzzz
DeViLzzz

I still have a digital key for this game I want rid of.

hadlee73
hadlee73

Always nice to know if a game is doing well via digital downloads. I wonder whether, going forward (when games are all digital), sales for titles will become a big secret or whether something will be put in place for consumers to find out how well games are doing?

ClintCommander
ClintCommander

I am so glad this game is getting so much support.  It's a standalone add-on that was created by thinking outside the box.  Plus, it's packed with awesome content, it's hilarious, and it's only 15 bucks.  I will gladly continue to support DLC like this in the future.

Gamerhomer
Gamerhomer

Bought it for my PC and even played on max settings can't get into it. Think I am two used to playing games on my tv with my console, mouse play is horrible and not a big fan of using the Xbox controller being mostly a PS3 gamer. Can't see me finishing it.

buccomatic
buccomatic

i downloaded the demo for this on xbl and was stunned at how amazingly good the game looked on the 360.

cuddlyfuzzle
cuddlyfuzzle

How can this guy's articles be so g.d. short?? do you ONLY write on the toilet?

Poison-tooth
Poison-tooth

Fully deserved! Blood Dragon is an outstanding standalone with a lot of personality and i heard that CoJ Gunslinger is surprisingly good.

Alucard_Prime
Alucard_Prime

One of my favorite games ever, this one took me by complete surprise. What elevates it to the status of masterpiece, imo, is the incredible soundtrack on top of everything else.....that alone is worth the 15$....purchased on my Ipod, and accompanies many other games very well. 

keyb0red
keyb0red

Blood Dragon made me LOL hard

Hope there's more to come, definitely very good value for money.

Well done guys :)

3v1LR0n1N
3v1LR0n1N

Blood Dragon and Gunslinger were very good games, and at a VERY reasonable price point too... It also help that both games were pleasent surprises from Ubisoft...

CapmJim
CapmJim

That's awesome. Blood Dragon was a great game. It was fun, had a awesome setting and graphics and was just downright hilarious. If it had been the full game instead of Farcry 3 i would have bought it at launch.

I did recently pick up Farcry 3 for 20 bucks though off Amazon, i prefer Blood Dragon but its still an incredible game.

aovannor
aovannor

I've got it, haven't played it yet though because I'm still playing Farcry 3! Looking forward to it.

StephenSays
StephenSays

If only all games where only $15

with the ability to play the demo first.

USAPATRIOT21
USAPATRIOT21

Blood Dragon remembered that video games are supposed to be fun. It is the opposite of those who look for an experience like Flower.

DMND
DMND

Gunslinger was pre-sold in Brazil for R$24,00, that's U$11,00 and it came with a free Call of Juarez: Bound in Blood digital copy. That's insane cause things here usually cost 3-4 times more than it is in the USA. Steam and Ubisoft earned my respect for that.

juboner
juboner

I dont understand what is so great about it I played demo and it was nothing special standard shooter

ArabrockermanX
ArabrockermanX

Well lets face it Blood Dragon is awesome, I'm not even interested in FC3 and I plan to buy BD.

Cochleadoc
Cochleadoc

FC3: Blood Dragon is a perfect example for how to create a DLC.  Something of value for $15.  Not just some lame overpriced map pack.

Hurvl
Hurvl

They both seem very good, but I'm far more interested in 80's movie references than the Wild West.

tomcat205
tomcat205

this game is very cool, is terminator 1 when u play it

Fire_Wa11
Fire_Wa11

I musta popped a ubisoft-on because I'm getting Far Cry 3 and Call of Juarez: Gunslinger during the Steam Summer sale.  Next year, I'll get FC: Blood Dragon.

ruitaurus11
ruitaurus11

This proves to ubisoft that good games at good prices sell well on PC. 

No pirates needed!!!

The_Beanster
The_Beanster

I wonder if that 500k number includes Steam sales. If so, that's pretty sad IMO. Blood Dragon was some of the most fun I have had in YEARS in what has become an unbelievably stale genre. 

The fact that Blood Dragon sells 500k and spunkgargleweewee like CoD sells like 10M+ is so very sad.

plm3d_basic
plm3d_basic

500K in 2 months doesn't sound like a lot.  Tomb Raider sold 3.6 million in a month and was considered a failure by Square Enix and that number doesn't include digital sales. 

zpluffy
zpluffy

@Gamerhomer 

Yeah, I'm not a big fan of mouse play as well. Growing up playing game controllers, it feels less intuitive using a mouse, especially shooting game. But PC still has more to offer, which is why I bought a little XBox reciever so that I can use my 360 controller. Now I'm playing the game in Ultra with 60 fps and using traditional control

TheGreatPhoenix
TheGreatPhoenix

@Gamerhomer so your saying that mouse play for a shooter is horrible, you know where you need to accurately aim? why not write a big "troll" sign bellow your post

noandno
noandno

@juboner You didn't play the whole game...

It's only cost $15 and it's really good for something with that price

mcquack306
mcquack306

@Cochleadoc PLus, it wasn't mandatory to have Far Cry 3 to play it. Even though Far Cry 3 was a great game on it's own, Far Cry 3 Blood Dragon had the same great gameplay for a fraction of the price.

Marcusraitor
Marcusraitor

Yes thats Sad. But im buying a lot of games right now, to prepare to stop buying new games when that moment comes. I hate to buy DLC i wait for the Game Of The Year Editions, and all of that.

xsonicchaos
xsonicchaos

@plm3d_basic The budget for Blood Dragon was nothing near Tomb Raider, they had the engine and all the basics from Far Cry 3, they only needed voices and a bit more work on the aesthetics. Besides, Blood Dragon is a stand-alone DLC, a very consistent DLC, but still a DLC. It's a digital title and the marketing costs where nothing like Tomb Raider's. Still, Square Enix is a greedy hog.

Gamerhomer
Gamerhomer

@TheGreatPhoenix

Ermmm my comment is 100%. I don't like mouse play, I find it horrible. It's too easy, takes away any sense of greatness when landing head shots etc. Sorry if I offended the PC gaming world, don't take things too personal...

quakke
quakke

@Gamerhomer @TheGreatPhoenix  

Maybe up the difficulty then if it's too easy?

Game is not supposed to be "boring easy" at anytime. Although BD left me hoping for higher difficulty because i spotted some slight dumbing down but still easily best game of 2013 so far. Original, creative and good gameplay.

Fire_Wa11
Fire_Wa11

@The_Beanster @Fire_Wa11 I do like 80 stylized stuff.  From the recent movie Drive, to walking out of Terminator 1 during the cold-war era nearly wanting to cry as a 11 year-old kid thinking that sh*t could really happen.  BUUUUT, I have a lot of dumbed down stuff on my radar already so I will probably go with Far Cry 3 this year, Blood Dragon next year.  I'm glad they both are good though.  This is all only making my Ubisoft-on grow larger...and softer!

The_Beanster
The_Beanster

@Fire_Wa11 In my opinion, Far Cry 3 was a dumb game that took itself way too seriously. The whole "you're an average guy who is forced against his will to turn into a killer" thing just doesn't work when you put up a body count in the hundreds/thousands by the end of the game. And Vaas is a fantastic villain who is horribly underused. 

On the other hand, Blood Dragon is a dumb game that knows it's dumb and doesn't pretend to be anything other than a dumb game offering you a good time.

Gameplay on both is very similar and both are great, but I just thought the characters and story in Far Cry 3 got in the way of the game's best aspects - chaotic open world adventure and killing. If both are the same price, FC3 is the better deal just because it has a lot more content, but if Blood Dragon is 25% of the price of FC3, it's the better option by far.


Now, if you don't like the 80s so-bad-it's-good tone of Blood Dragon, you won't like that game very much. It is more one-note than the full game.